Taye Diggs to star in CW football drama
He plays a football coach caught between two worlds in Compton and Beverly Hills.
If there’s one thing that remains consistent about Taye Diggs, it’s that he stays employed in Hollywood. In his next project, Diggs will delve into the drama filled world of professional football.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Rent actor is set to star in an untitled football drama pilot for the CW.
The project, written by the now cancelled, Reign’s April Blair, is inspired by pro football player Spencer Paysinger and follows the story of a young man who transfers from South Central Los Angeles to play for Beverly Hills High.
It’s the story of two worlds colliding between Compton and Beverly Hills, giving the two families in the story such different life experiences.
Diggs will play the role of Billy Baker, the head coach of the Beverly Hills High football team. Baker is also a Crenshaw High alum, and seeing Spencer transfer from his alma mater, he’s determined to help him succeed. This sudden focus on Spencer, however, might just affect his own life when it challenges his relationship with his own son.
Last season, Diggs starred in a pilot for Doomsday, though that show didn’t move forward. Hopefully, this new project will fare better.
Diggs, who has been busy in his television career as of late, has starred in projects like Empire, Murder in the First, Private Practice, and Ally McBeal. He’s also tried his hand at Broadway, making his directorial debut a few months ago by bringing Keenan Scott II’s “Thoughts of a Colored Man on a Day When the Sun Set Too Early” to Broadway in November 2017.
According to a press release, the play followed the stories of eight men as they “struggle to find their identity beyond the limitations, stereotypes, and obstacles that the world attempts to place on them based on the color of their skin. In an effort to better understand the human experience, they openly discuss love, race, education, family, and history.”
What do you think, Grio fam? Are you interested in seeing Taye Diggs’ new football drama?